Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been named the African Player of the Year for a third year running, beating Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and his former Stamford Bridge teammate striker Didier Drogba into second and third respectively.

Toure has been sensational for the Citizens so far this season and his performances obviously caught the eye of Africa's national team coaches, whose votes decided the award.

The former Barcelona midfielder went to Lagos, Nigeria just 24 hours after he scored in the 6-0 League Cup semi-final first leg thrashing of West Ham to accept the award.

Chelsea midfielder Mikel starred for a youthful Nigeria side that won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year, while Drogba has maintained his impressive form since joining Galatasaray after his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua was cancelled.

"I'm very proud and happy to be the winner today," Toure said at the ceremony run by African football federation CAF.

"I congratulate my brother Obi Mikel who deserved it as well. It's an unbelievable award for all those who helped me through my career a lot and those who supported me for a long time."

The 30-year-old is now a joint record-holder after scooping the Award for a third consecutive year, joining Chelsea striker Saauel Eto'o, who won it from 2003-05, and Ghana legend Abedi Pele, who got it from 1991-93.

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